Richard is a local firefighter and in June 2002 whilst on duty he collapsed with stomach pains. He was admitted to hospital where test revealed a large growth in his stomach. During surgery surgeons discovered testicular cancer. After gruelling months of chemotherapy at Cardiff's Velindre Hospital, and an operation to remove his left testicle, Richard finally beat his 15 month battle with cancer and returned to being a firefighter. During his treatment Richard was determined to do something to raise awareness and raise money for the hospital who cared for him and the Fire Service Benevolent Fund He set himself a challenge by walking from Edinburgh to London in six days, and after 1 days rest would run the London Marathon. In the run up to the event Richard and his supporters were busy with fund raising events With the support of his colleagues and local support Richard completed his journey and raised just over £30,000 to be shared between the 2 charities. Richard received recognition by the Fire Service for his outstanding acheivment and contribution. His drive and determination in the face of his illness has also been an inspiration to his family, colleagues and locals in the community. Without people like Richard many charities could not operate and their actions make the difference between people getting the help they need. It would be wonderful if Richard was nominated so he can also celebrate a 10 year Anniversary of beating the big C and inspire others.